Holiday Brings More Patrol

If the New Year's holiday has you traveling, you may see more police officers out on Indiana’s roads.

Indiana State Police are increasing highway patrols in anticipation of the holiday.

Traffic is expected to be heavier than years past.

The weather is as good as it gets for traveling this time of the year in Indiana.

Additional patrols are on the roadways Friday through Monday, and they will be targeting aggressive drivers, and drunken drivers.

The best advice to avoid a ticket: Think before you get behind the wheel!

“If you are going to be partying this weekend for the New Year’s, have a designated driver, be smart,” explains Trooper Brad Kaizer, Indiana State Police.

Seven people were killed on Indiana roadways last year during the New Year’s holiday.

Two of those fatal crashes involved alcohol.

Indiana is poised to end the year with a nearly 10 percent drop in traffic fatalities from last year.

Officials say rigorous enforcement, education programs, roadway safety improvements and increased seat belt use contributed to the decline.

Preliminary statistics show through December 22nd, Indiana had 845 fatalities on the roadways.

That is down by 81 from a comparable period a year ago.

"We just want to say as this holiday weekend approaches, let's close the year on a safe route. Motorists should know that enforcement will be at the new and higher levels," explains Governor Mitch Daniels.

The state ended last year with 938 fatalities.

Governor Daniels says the state will keep adding troopers to the road to reduce fatalities even more.

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